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The Sea of Trolls Audiobook

The Sea of Trolls

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In the year 793, siblings Jack and Lucy are captured by fearsome Vikings with a thirst for battle and pillaging. Taken to the court of Ivar the Boneless, Jack and Lucy are sent on a perilous journey - full of dragons and giant spiders - deep into the magical kingdom of the trolls!

©2004 Nancy Farmer; (P)2004 Recorded Books

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    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 08-17-13
    Holly ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 08-17-13

    I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.

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    "Engaging fantasy at its best"

    I've been listening to this audio recording at least yearly for some time...I used to rely on the public library, but I am so pleased to have an Audible version now. The plot is fantastic and the delivery of the narrator perfect. The characters are robust and compelling. I just can't say enough good things about The Sea of Trolls and its two sequels.

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    Nick 05-09-15
    Nick 05-09-15
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    "Great children's book and still good for adults"

    It's a nice innocent child's fantasy book and even though I'm older I thoroughly enjoyed it after I got into it. After some of the more acclaimed fantasy series I found this one more enjoyable some others with a darker tone

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Patzlaff 03-24-15
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    "En"thrall"ing story"

    This is one of my favorite books, and listening to it on audiobook has been even more enjoyable! The voice acting is phenomenal and immersing, just a fantastic job!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mila piedmont , CA, USA 12-06-12
    Mila piedmont , CA, USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun read"
    What did you love best about The Sea of Trolls?

    My son really liked this book, so I decided to give it a listen. I liked it well enough to go on to books two and three. Three is the most complex in terms of character, but that is also because the protagonists are older in that book. It's a strong series by a very creative author. Fun for young and old
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    David S. Long 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Sea of Trolls in three words, what would they be?

    wonderful, adventurous and Norse. I am listening to the entire trilogy. This books is a fantastic amalgamation of Norse myth, general fairy tale, and classic adventure. Recommended for any one who craves all things Norse.


    What other book might you compare The Sea of Trolls to and why?

    n/a


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    A+++++


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 06-05-16
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 06-05-16 Member Since 2016

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "not as expected"
    Would you try another book from Nancy Farmer and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I would definitely try another book read by Gerard Doyle. He did an excellent job. His reading kept my interest even during the boring and repetitious parts of the book. I am not sure if I will give Nancy Farmer books another try There is so much inconsistency. Too many things are implied. The main character Jack is listed as a child. At times his actions, thought and abilities are that of a bright ten year old. At others his actions, thoughts and abilities are that of a teenager. I found this confusing. Jack and his family are poor. They have to work hard to survive. The story has a part near the beginning where Jack has to put on nearly every piece of clothing he owns. He has to find lambs in a winter, windy climate. Then there is baby sister Lucy. She is seven years old. At that age she should be doing chores around the farm. But she is brought up believing and encouraged to believe that she is a lost princess. She thinks she was left at the farm, an infant with a gold coin. Her father continues to encourage this. Nothing her mother or brother say or do dissuades this. My question is this. How can such a poor family with a handicapped father, an over worked mother and brother encourage a dead weight individual? The climate, times, religion don't allow for the cossetting of a girl child. Jack shows such contradictions in feelings and thoughts about Lucy. It made me wonder about his mental stability. I had to work at not returning the book with the following scene. Lucy gets the slaver to do her bidding by having a tantrum. The same type of tantrum she used on her parents. The slaver laughs and thinks it is funny. Jack realizes Lucy can get into trouble by such behaviour. He suggests ways to protect her. Jack as usual is punished trying to protect her. Lucy continues to have her delusions re enforced.


    What could Nancy Farmer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More explanation about why Jack, Lucy and family are as they are. Better description of Jack's age would have been nice. Jack comes up to a complex situation. He overcomes it. No apparent struggle or growth is involved. Some of Jack's actions bring him to the brink of disaster. Again he overcomes them. There is the frequent repetition of things. I lost count on how 'sweet and beautiful Little Lucy' is. Yet most examples of her behaviour show a spoiled, self centered and annoying child. I got bored with Jack's frequent guilt trips about Lucy and her situation. It was Jack and his parents allowing Lucy to get away with anything and everything that caused the adventure. I got the impression that Nancy Farmer had minimal knowledge of the time, ballads and such. She took what she wanted and ignored the rest. She needed work harder on her fantasy world to keep inconsistencies low.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed most of his characters. I think I enjoyed the Queen of Trolls the best.


    Do you think The Sea of Trolls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The follow up book would have to explain and clarify too much. Jack has a lot of religious conflicts. His father appears to be Christian, his mother a old god related faith. He is learning magic from the Bard. He is introduced to Norse gods by his slavers. In some situations he is coping well. He keeps things separate without apparent difficulty. Then a few chapters along, he is having a guilt trip about religion, and magic, Lucy and more. Many of the supporting characters have emotional problems. These problems influence their behaviors. Nothing is done to help them overcome them. Then there is delusional Lucy.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christoffer 01-06-16
    Christoffer 01-06-16

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    Would you listen to The Sea of Trolls again? Why?

    Yes. Because it was amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its simplicity and depth.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    His sing-song personalities, excellent pacing, superb voices, lovely accent(s) all came together so well. I very much appreciated his performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, just enough of both.


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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 01-04-16
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 01-04-16 Member Since 2012

    Aging hippie

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    "Caution about Children reading"

    The story is well written, the mythology is well developed, the characters have depth and variety.

    That said I would caution parents to be careful about whether a child is ready for it. It is does not pull punches. Captivity is dreadful, berserkers are beyond violent, blood and despair are pretty deep in this realistic portrayal of life in Viking times (outside of talking birds and dragons, of course). Blood, and mud and guts and gore and death are everyday reality. Every once in awhile Jack stops and comments on a beautiful day but the tone is overwhelmingly gray. It is pretty darn scary. Consider whether your child will find this disturbing.

    The other quibble I have is that neither of the primary female characters are rational. His sister tries to maintain a fantasy world where she the safe princess. The berserker girl is trying so hard to die like a berserker that, at the 9 hour mark, she hasn't yet shown any positive qualities at all. Maybe she gets to grow, in the last third of the book. Not sure I'll find out.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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